Crux of the matter: Why patients think so little of each other

We know that doctors think very little of the mental patients they treat. We are well aware of the low expectations we get from the medical profession. However, fellow patients and even ex-patients also have low expectations of fellow patients.

If a fellow patient gets a book published, the automatic response in the patient community is to assume it’s not a very good book.  If a fellow patient gets a job, the assumption is that the patient will be fired or that it won’t last long. Patients typically do not empower each other except for tokenism. Patients will even dissuade other patients from getting ahead in life.

I think this is because the mental health system injects low self-esteem into its subjects. Patients do not expect success. Patients expect failure, failure by themselves and by fellow patients.

We need to end this fallacy  because it is holding us back. It is holding many from leaving the system and succeeding outside the system.

We really need to help each other out more, instead of knocking each other down. If your fellow patient gets a job, instead of saying, “Oh it’ll tire you out too much,” how about real positive support? Sadly, that’s not happening. The System’s lesson of low self-esteem permeates deeply into people’s souls and seems to stay there.

2 thoughts on “Crux of the matter: Why patients think so little of each other”

  1. Psychiatry is soul-destroying. Instead of shredding the prescriptions which were making me sicker and sicker (and not needed in the first place) the doctor insisted on shredding my life and indeed the lives of my deceased parents and grandparents – and distant relatives. He seemed to be doing it with GLEE – proud of what he had uncovered – TRIUMPHANT. At the end I had no self-esteem, felt helpless and full of doubt. I do have a book in the works not specifically about psychiatry but it will contain one heavy-duty section about the evil that is psychiatry.

    1. It is indeed soul-destroying. Other professions will feel proud if their clients do well. For instance, if a financial planner helps out a small business, he/she will be thrilled if the business thrives. Not true of psychiatry, and sadly, patients follow suit.

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